Iwo Odrowąż

Iwo Odrowąż
Seal of Iwo Odrowąż
"Bishop Iwo Odrowąż blesses foundation stone of the church in Iwonicz in 1226", by Jan Matejko

Medieval Polish humanist, statesman, and bishop.

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Town in south-central Poland with 20,328 inhabitants (2008), situated in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship (since 1999), previously in Kielce Voivodeship (1975–1998).

Romanesque tympanum above the south side door of the Gothic St. Nicholas & St. Adalbert parish church
Memorial to local Polish partisans
Local Jews digging graves for German soldiers killed in the Battle of Końskie
Development of the city of Końskie over the centuries (multiphase map)
Iwo Odrowąż

Iwo Odrowąż, the bishop of Kraków, founded a parish and built a church dedicated to St. Nicholas in 1220–1224.

Hyacinth of Poland

Polish Dominican priest and missionary who worked to reform women's monasteries in his native Poland.

Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Hyacinth, Ludovico Carracci (1592), in the Louvre Museum
St. Hyacinth with a monstrance and a statue of Mary, a detail from Three Dominican Saints by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1738), in the Gesuati Church, Venice, Italy

He subsequently accompanied his uncle Ivo Konski, the Bishop of Kraków, to Rome.


Town in Kielce County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Poland, with 2,800 inhabitants .

Saint Michael Archangel church

Długosz wrote that in 1222, Bishop of Kraków Iwo Odrowąż funded St. Michael church here, which means that the village must have existed before that year.

Mogiła Abbey

Cistercian monastery in the Nowa Huta District of Kraków, Poland.

Front view of Mogiła Abbey with the Basilica of the Holy Cross to the left
The abbey cloister
The cemetery
Architectural detail, courtyard
View of the north side

The abbey was founded in 1222 by the Bishop of Kraków, Iwo Odrowąż.

St. Mary's Basilica, Kraków

Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland.

Exterior of the Basilica of Saint Mary, seen from Sukiennice (Kraków Cloth Hall)

According to chronicler Jan Długosz, Saint Mary's Basilica in the Main Square in Kraków was founded in by the Bishop of Kraków, Iwo Odrowąż.

Stanislaus of Szczepanów

Bishop of Kraków known chiefly for having been martyred by the Polish king Bolesław II the Generous.

Saint Stanislaus. 16th-century illustration from the Catalogus Archiepiscoporum Gnesnensium.
Saint Stanislaus leads Piotr before the royal tribunal.
1- Saint Stanislaus being ordained as bishop. 2- Saint Stanislaus resurrects Peter. 3-King Bolesław murders Saint Stanislaus. 4-Stanislaus' body is cut into pieces. Image from the Hungarian Kings' Anjou Legendarium of the 14th century.
13th-century effigy of Saint Stanislaus
Silver sarcophagus of St. Stanislaus in the Wawel Cathedral

In the early 13th century, Bishop Iwo Odrowąż initiated preparations for Stanislaus' canonization and ordered Wincenty of Kielce to write the martyr's vita.

Władysław III Spindleshanks

Duke of Greater Poland (during 1194–1202 over all the land and during 1202–1229 only over the southern part), High Duke of Poland and Duke of Kraków during 1202–1206 and 1228–1231, Duke of Kalisz during 1202–1206, ruler of Lubusz during 1206–1210 and 1218–1225, and ruler over Gniezno during 1216–1217.

Deeds of the Princes of the Poles

The formal election of the new High Duke of Poland was made at a meeting in Wiślica on 5 May 1228, where most of the powerful nobles gathered around the Bishop of Kraków, Iwo Odrowąż, the voivode Marek z Brzeźnicy, Governor of Kraków and Pakosław the Old, voivode of Sandomierz.

Odrowąż coat of arms

Polish coat of arms of probably Moravian origin.

Nobilitation of the House of Odrowąż, Liber Genesos ilustris Familiae Shidlovicae
Jan Odrowąż from Sprowa, Archbishop of Poland and Lithuania
Odrowąż Arms in the Castle of Szydłowiec
Coat of arms of Chancellor Krzysztof Szydłowiecki
Chancellor Krzysztof Szydłowiecki

Iwo Odrowąż

Gaude Mater Polonia

One of the most significant medieval Polish hymns, written in Latin between the 13th and the 14th century to commemorate Saint Stanislaus, Bishop of Kraków.

A miniature depicting Saint Stanislaus of Szczepanów, painted by Stanisław Samostrzelnik (Stanislaus Claratumbensis).

The author of the anthem is the first Polish composer in music history known by name, the poet Vincent of Kielcz, OP, a Cracovian canon and chaplain of Bishop Iwo Odrowąż.

Culture of medieval Poland

Closely linked to the Catholic Church and its involvement in the country's affairs, especially during the first centuries of the Polish state's history.

Madonna of Krużlowa
St. Andrew's Church, Kraków
Adalbert becomes bishop, detail of the Gniezno Doors, 1175
Sarcophagus of Casimir the Great at Wawel Cathedral
Gothic Altar of Veit Stoss
Rotunda of St. Procopius in Strzelno, 1133
Collegiate church in Tum, 1140–1161
Ołbin Monastery, Wrocław
Ołbin Monastery, Wrocław
Romanesque column with personifications of virtues in St. Trinity-Church in Strzelno, 12th century
Kościelec church of Saint Adalbert (św.Wojciech in polish), 1231
Sulejów Abbey, 1232
Saint Martin Collegiate Church in Opatow, 1206
Church of St. John the Baptist in Prandocin, 12th century
Bolko castle in Bolków
Cistercian Monastery in Jędrzejów, 1140
Portal of the Dominican Church in Sandomierz, 1236
Collegiate church, Kruszwica
St. Nicolas Rotunda, Cieszyn
St. Mary's church, Inowrocław
Archcathedral Basilica in Poznań, 1244-1406
St. Mary's Basilica in Kraków, 1321–1331
St. John's Cathedral in Wrocław, 1244-1341
St. Nicholas Cathedral in Elbląg, 1247 - 14th century

Another example is the brick Church of St. Jacob in Sandomierz, founded in 1226 by Iwo Odrowąż and built by his nephew St. Jacek Odrowąż (its campanile however was built in early Gothic style in the 14th century).